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Windows 7: Cannot install printer on Windows 2000 for Windows 7 machine

30 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Cannot install printer on Windows 2000 for Windows 7 machine

I have an old machine running Windows 2000 professional which I use as a printer server for a peer to peer network. My XP machine can see the computer and has the printer installed with no issues.

Initially my Windows 7 (Home Premium) machine could detect but not access the 2000 machine. I found the fix (creating/setting the LmCompatibilityLevel key to a Dword of 1) and now I can sign on to the 2000 and access its files. (I ran the refreshpolicies commands on the 2000 also).

When I try to instal the printer as a local printer it appears to instal. The existing driver is recommended (and accepted). When I print the test page it does not print. On the windows 7 the print queue eventually shows the page as having an error, while the print queue on the windows 2000 machine is empty throughout.

When I try to instal as a network printer I get to the point where I am informed that there is no driver for the printer and I have to search for a .inf file which I can't find.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
The solution - "net use LPT2..."

Just found this - if anyone has this problem here is what worked for me

1.Run a command prompt as Administrator

2.type a command as follow,

net use LPT2 \\IPaddress\printer name

3.install a local printer as usual by using port LPT2
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Cannot install printer on Windows 2000 for Windows 7 machine

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